The Louisiana Social Pledge

We pledge our allegiance to Louisiana. We will embrace what makes us and our state unique. Louisiana will be recognized as a leader and innovator of the New South. Many great leaders of the future will come from this state. And we will show both the media and politicians that we are smarter than them. We will no longer have our resources exhausted and our people used and left behind. We will work hard and play hard. We will protect each other. We will support each other. We pledge that we will do whatever we can to get these things in motion right now. We will no longer wait for a path to be cleared for us. We will clear the path ourselves. And we ain’t giving up easily. We will socialize in the real world just as well as we do on the internet…in hopes to organize ourselves effectively.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Mellenium Kids (Samuel Jones-Bastrop, LA)

I packed away my inhaler
Along with my Playstation
And my most favorite games:
Tombraider 2, Tekken 2, and Tekken 3.
It was my first time going to Oregon;
It was my first time leaving the South.
I didn't expect things to be much different; I was visiting my sister.
And my sister was the biggest part of home that I had.
Leaving home to go home
On a big plane with no guardian to accompany me.
Feeling quite grown up, I observed Monroe, Louisiana
Become a grid as I ascended into the sky.
In Portland,
Though I had the familiar love of my older sister,
This was certainly not Bastrop:
There was so much for me to experience!
"Is this what parents do in the city?"
I thought as I watched a friend's parents play Resident Evil 3
And listened to their story about how they named their son
Logan after the X-Men character Wolverine.
My best friend, though, was Orlando.
I can remember us talking and playing games
On his bed that had a frame that would fall apart
If you didn't sit on it just right.
And how, at my sister's house,
We wouldn't mind the Captain Crunch
Cutting up the roof of our mouth
Because the berry kind tasted so good.
It was sad when I left Oregon
And had to say goodbye to my first best friend.
I lost his number in the airport,
But 13 years later I still think about him.
And I still wonder if he ever thinks about me.

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